The Port of Hamburg plays a vital part as a distribution centre for the European paper market. Up to three million tons of paper and cellulose are handled here every year.
Cellulose originates mainly from Norway and Russia. The raw material for dally newspapers, books and catalogues reaches Hamburg aboard feeder vessels in rolls with a height of 2 metres.
For exports, the China trade route is rated as being of great importance. This is primarily on account of the waste paper used in manufacturing packing material.